Adam Goodes is a much loved but controversial Sydney Swans AFL player. In 2015 he was booed in games and the target of a racism campaign which started in 2013 when he pointed at a young fan who called him an “ape”.
Sydney Swans fans called enough late in the season 2015 and showed their support for Adam after he took leave from the game by “standing” and cheering. In this interview Deborah takes Adam back to the moment which, for him, will always be a definining moment in his career.
“I’m blown away by the support. At that point I knew what I needed to do, I needed to get away and go back to country and put my feet in the soil and get rid of all that negativity,” Adam said.
“That helped me come back and finish the year out because I would have quite happily walked away at that point.”
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About Adam Goodes
Adam Goodes is a legendary Sydney Swans player and Australian of the Year in 2014.
Adam announced his retirement from professional football in September 2015. He played a total of 372 games in 17 seasons, won two Brownlow medals (2003 and 2006), and two premierships with the Swans in 2012 and 2005.